Holly Smith

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Rider Holly Smith
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Holly Smith

Biography

I was born in Leicestershire to a horse-mad mum, and have ridden for as long as I can remember. My first competitive memory was with a 12.2hh called Skater. We had lots of fun and he certainly did teach me the highs and lows of competing from an early age. 

It wasn’t until my husband Graham and I found Dougie Douglas at the horse sales in Gorgesbrige, when I was 20 years old, that my career reached a real high point. We were soon representing Great Britain on the Nations Cup teams.

Dougie Douglas and another purchase from the sales, Quarryquest Echo, were each bought for 5,800 euros – now my lucky number! It so nice to see these two horses still competing at top level (Quarryquest Echo has gone on to have a successful eventing career with Piggy French), having produced by myself from a young age. 

I couldn’t do what I do without the support of Graham, he has an exceptional eye for young, raw horse talent and has given me so much confidence to go out there and have a go, it just wouldn’t be possible without him. It certainly helps that he has a background and interest in horses – he’s been national team chase champion for five years running, and now runs the Readyfield bloodhounds from home.

It's hard to have other interests outside of horses because they take up so much of our time, but if I’m not competing I like to take my daughter, Rosie, out to a local show or try to find the time to make our favourite meal – lamb chops!